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Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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587 Ratings

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again...

24 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2009)
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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

03-11-2012 02:14:57 | More by danmc50
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-10-2012 22:43:21 | More by nrombes
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-10-2012 12:56:41 | More by b2rade2n
Photo of Sudsanonymous

4/5  rDev +18%

03-10-2012 02:32:01 | More by Sudsanonymous
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I just picked up a 6-pack of this from the Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ. Pretty darn good selection there for 4 & 6-packs of craft beers that are already cold.

Appearance: With a semi-aggressive pour I was able to get maybe a ¼” off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Darker copper color with a hint of cloudiness is how I would describe it. Lacing was so, so as I tilted my glass. It surely didn’t want to "stick" around between sips.

Smell: Toasted malts and lightly sweet caramel catches my nose right away, with a hint of citrus and chocolate in the finish. Decent, but not overly dominating in any sense.

Taste: Your typical lager comes to mind with its sweeter, caramel, malty blend. A light nuttiness of a brown ale, tries to come through but fails. Mild, grassy hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Kind of plain if you ask me. Not bad, but didn’t give me a “wow” factor.

Mouthfeel: A lighter, watery body with higher carbonation. Finish is buttery and dry.

Overall: Not a bad tasting beer, but nothing that I would run out and buy again. For a lager, it was decent and certainly sessionable enough in a pinch. I like their #9 and Circus Boy much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:24:05 | More by cmq103
Photo of Shaw


4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber in color with a short off-white head that reduces to just a whisp in my glass.

It smells exactly like toast. Nice. One of the neatest smelling beers I've had in a while.

Nice toasted malt flavors with a bit of sweetness. No hop flavors to speak of, not that it's supposed to have any. Nicely robust for a lager.

Smooth and creamy body.

A winner. Check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:25:30 | More by Shaw
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours out reddish brown and transparent with a craggy two finger foamy head that lasted for several minutes, minimal lacing.

S,T. Mostly toasted bread aroma with a side order of grassy / herbal hopping, gains some minor nuttiness as it warms up somewhat. Has all the "clean minimalism" you'd expect from a lager. This lager is memorable, however, for actually having a decent volume level of toasted malt character compared to other lagers. Too bad it doesn't come across as complex as other lagers do, as well.

M. Medium body but somewhat heavier carbonation, which is okay for the boldness of the flavors presented.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:32:10 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-08-2012 07:31:28 | More by OldTime
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New York

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-07-2012 00:20:03 | More by jk3
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-06-2012 22:33:54 | More by CCJ430
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-06-2012 17:58:14 | More by tdexterc
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4/5  rDev +18%

03-06-2012 02:51:18 | More by Saltee
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-06-2012 02:03:21 | More by Cougar990
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-05-2012 19:37:41 | More by bretsky07
Photo of tjkinate


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me of what BMC should taste like.

A: Single fingered head, little retention that settles to a thin film only rising near the rim of the glass. Enjoyed peering through the transparent copper, red bodied brew.

S: Malty sugary backbone, very grainy with a light hint of spice.

M: Spice is stronger than the smell indicated and is followed by loads of grain and caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied, slight burn as the beer passes down your throat.

O: Not bad, enjoyed a six pack, but probably won't seek again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 18:54:58 | More by tjkinate
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4/5  rDev +18%

03-05-2012 04:02:13 | More by jpcool9
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

03-04-2012 21:13:54 | More by burningsnailman
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-04-2012 04:45:46 | More by Joshgonzales79
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-04-2012 02:45:55 | More by gcotts
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-03-2012 20:26:17 | More by Nikki
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-02-2012 16:08:34 | More by HamGlade10
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin layer of dense, soft, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of burnt, toasted malt and caramel. The flavor is caramelly and sweet up front followed by toasted malt and finishes with a faintly earthy, bitter hop character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is an alright beer. It wouldn't be my first choice especially for a spring seasonal, but it has its merits. It has flavor and balance. It's drinkable and refreshing. But ultimately it's not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 20:51:13 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2012 19:05:19 | More by DiscGolfRobot
Photo of powellmg


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown with a nice head. Rich, malty aroma. Taste of toast, nuts, with a nice bitterness to balance it out. It has that biscuity flavor (but no biscuit malt, apparently) of many English bitters despite being a different style altogether. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, really enjoyable. I was surprised to see the mediocre reviews here.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:58:26 | More by powellmg
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4/5  rDev +18%

02-29-2012 00:31:59 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.